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I began my practice in 1995, and shortly thereafter became a sole practitioner until July 2000 when I merged my practice into the firm of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey.

I have been asked by many people why I practice in the area of family law and have often questioned this myself. The answer lies in the fact that when people come to me for assistance, they are often at a difficult crossroads in life, with choices to make that can dramatically alter their future. It is a time that I, as an attorney, can have a significant and positive impact on the life of that person and assist that client in moving forward toward a better future.

Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA, is a North Carolina law firm regulated by the Rules of Professional Conduct, as promulgated by the North Carolina State Bar. As such, our lawyers do not and cannot ethically participate in many of Avvo's programs, including its Legal Topics, Legal Forms, or its fixed-price legal services. We advise extreme caution when relying on Q&A's or use of legal forms without the guidance of a qualified lawyer.


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  1. Family: 50%
    21 years
  2. Divorce: 50%
    21 years

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47 N. Market St.
Asheville, NC, 28801


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2016
Legal Elite, Family Law SectionBusiness North Carolina Magazine2016
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2012
Legal Elite Young GunsBusiness North Carolina2011
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Law Firms in AmericaUS News / Best Lawyers in America2010
AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-HubbellMartindale-Hubbell2010
Listed in Super Lawyers Rising StarsSuper Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Listed in Super Lawyers Rising StarsSuper Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA2000 - Present
PrincipalLaw Offices of Patrick S. McCroskey1995 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2009 - Present
North Carolina Bar Family Law SectionCouncilor and Committee Member2001 - Present
28th Judicial District BarN/A1995 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
North Carolina State BarN/A1995 - Present
NC State Bar Family Law CounselMembership Committee Chairman2004 - 2007
NC State Bar Family Law Counsel Executive CommitteeExecutive Committee Member2004 - 2007
28th Judicial District Bar Nominating CommitteeMember2003 - 2004
28th Judicial District BarExecutive Committee2003 - 2005
Family Visitation CenterBoard of Directors2002 - 2002
Publication nameTitleDate
Legal Trends NetworkFamily Law 101: Confessions of an Adrenaline Junkie2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Duke UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
”The Uh-Oh Moment” – an Intensive Equitable Distribution SeminarEquitable Distribution and Family Law2009
Presentation on the issue of “Contempt”Procedure2009